Intro to Tools
Even if you don't plan to live tiny, Intro to Tools is the perfect beginner class for anyone who feels they lack the experience or confidence with hand, power, and/or pneumatic tools. Join us for an active and hands-on workshop where you can grow your skills and knowledge. Learn from seasoned professionals in an inclusive environment. No previous tool experience is required. Everyone is welcome!
What will I learn?
Learn how to safely and properly use hand, power, and pneumatic tools. Safety is paramount as your comfortability with each tool type grows. Starting off on the right foot will set you up for success!
Hammers, screw drivers, tape measurers, and more! There is a lot more than meets the eye with hand tools. We will teach you the basics and give you tips and tricks to feel confident.
While not as popular as power tools in the beginner circles, pneumatic tools are an important part of your tool database. We will cover the use of nail guns and more in this section.
use & maintenance
Chosing the right tool for the job can make or break a project. We will show you how to narrow down which tools will get the job done and how to properly keep up maintenance for your tools.
Drills, chop saws, sanders, and more are vital parts of your arsenal when tackling a project. We will teach you how to properly use each tool to help you widen your skill set.
project take home
All of your skills and knowledge will culminate in completing an intro wood project that you will take home with you! Show off your skills to your friends and family!
Owner & Foreman
Tina and Luke have a combined 25 years of construction, engineering, and carpentry experience. They're the owners of Backcountry Tiny Homes and, collectively, have designed and built hundreds of tiny homes to date. Both Tina and Luke lived in their own tiny home for numerous years, providing them a unique outlook on tiny home construction and livability.
Owner & Principal Engineer
What should I expect?
Our Into to Tools class is a 1-day workshop that covers the most commonly used hand, power, and pneumatic tools for any homeowner or interested DIY enthusiast. You should expect a welcoming environment that is set up for beginners. We will cover how to choose the best tool for the job, tool use/safety, and maintenance so that your tools work for years to come. By the end of the class you will build an intro wood project that you can take home with you by using your newly learned skills. We provide the tools and you provide the excitement!
HANDS ON - There is very little substitute for active learning than working and practicing with real tools! In a large potion of this class you will work with our array of tools and building material to practice your newly-learned skills. By the end of the class you will create your own intro wood project to take home with you!
SEMINAR - Utilizing presentation-style seminars, we will breakdown complicated tool use practices into easy-to-grasp bites. Seminars help break up our teaching style and allow all students a chance to take notes, ask questions, and absorb important information.
Q: Where is it?
A: Our Into to Tool Classes take place in Hampstead, NH (southern NH) at our build shop warehouse.
Q: Can I bring my own tools/PPE?
A: No. We do not allow students to bring their own tools. All personal tools must be left at home/in your vehicle. You may bring your own PPE (personal protection equipment) but it is not required. We will supply all required tools and PPE needed for this class.
Q: Do I need to attend everything?
A: Yes. We require that students attend each discussion topic as information will build upon itself. No partial attendance.
Q: Will I build anthing?
A: Yes! You will build your own personal intro wood project to take home with you. See 'Our Approach' this page.
Q: How much?
A: The cost for our Into to Tools Classes are $149 for the entire class. This includes the cost of your personal take-home project.
Q: Are drink and food provided?
We will provide water during this class for all students. We will not provide food. Time for lunch and breaks will be set aside for students to eat the food that they bring/purchase in between class sessions.
Q: What is the cancellation policy?
A: We offer a full refund up to 24 hours prior to the start of the class. No refunds are are issued after this time frame for any reason.
Q: Can I take photos/videos?
A: Students may take photos/videos during their lunch and/or breaks but not during class.
Q: How long is it?
A: This class is a 1-day workshop that takes place from 7:30am - 5:30pm (with time for lunch and breaks). This is not an overnight class. Please arrange for your own sleeping accommodations if you require them.
Q: What should I wear?
A: Students are required to wear closed-toe shoes. Long hair will need to be tied back when using tools. Dress comfortably!
Q: Is there a minimum age?
We require all students who are attending by themselves to be 18 years or older. We allow minor students that are 16-17 years old as long as their guardian attends the class with them. Minors are not allowed to be 'dropped off' for this class.
Q: What experience is needed?
A: None! We do not require students to have any existing construction experience. No student is required to participate during hands-on sections of our classes should they wish to observe instead.